Take 5 Comes Alive in the Park


Take 5 Comes Alive in the ParkThe Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project (NHIP) is delighted to bring its ‘Take 5 steps to wellbeing’ campaign ‘alive’ with the plantation of five apple trees, across six park sites in the North West. Each tree symbolises one of the five steps or actions recommended for the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing. The five steps are; Connect, Keep Learning, Be Active, Take Notice and Give.

Marie McLaughlin, Project Coordinator further explains:“The NHIP team wanted to create a long lasting way of getting the Take 5 message to as many people as possible. With the support of the two councils, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, the project has been able to achieve this in a way that we hope will continue to give and grow for many years to come”.

The apple trees have been planted at the new play parks in Ballyarnett, Ballymagroarty, Brandywell, Nelson Drive, Roe Valley Leisure Centre in Limavady and at the Green Gym site in Strabane.

Generally we understand what it means to be physically and mentally well, however sometimes we may need a little extra support and guidance to keep well. Take 5 steps to wellbeing was developed by Belfast Strategic Partnership’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Group and is based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF).Colette Brolly Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager (West) at the Public Health Agency said:

“By introducing the ‘Take 5 steps to wellbeing’ into our everyday lives, we can improve our mental health. This could include things such as being in contact more with your family and friends, learning something new or starting to get active.”

The following are some ways in which Take 5 can become part of our daily lives:

  • Connect: With the people around you: family, friends, colleagues and neighbours at home, work, school or in your local community.
  • Keep learning: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a new course.
  • Be active: Go for a walk, run or cycle. Play a game, gardening or dancing. Most importantly discover a physical activity that you enjoy.
  • Take notice: Savour the moment, whether you are in a bus or taxi, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling.
  • Give: Do something nice for a friend or stranger; thank somebody, smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group.

The Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project provides a range of activities and programmes which supports and enables people in building the Take 5 into their daily lives.  A good place to start your own Take 5 journey could be to visit your local play park and to check out the newly planted apple trees.

If you would like further information about local activities in your area please contact the NHIP Project Coordinator on 028 71 865127 or check the NHIP Facebook page.